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Religion in the Modern World: From Cathedrals to Cults

Bruce, Steve

Verlag: Oxford University Press, 1996
ISBN 10: 0198781512 / ISBN 13: 9780198781516
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Titel: Religion in the Modern World: From ...

Verlag: Oxford University Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 1996

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: A leading sociologist of religion provides an accessible introduction to the role of religion in the modern world. Professor Steve Bruce has written a lively book spanning 450 years of conflict between religion and modernization, accessible to the student, scholar and general reader alike. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_new_0198781512

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Inhaltsangabe: Religion, throughout history, has held a prominent yet curious place in western civilization. Though in constant flux, the institution of religion has consistently offered its followers solace in times of trouble, hope amid eminent failure, or, more generally, a sense of place and self in a large and seemingly indifferent world. It is the manner in which people have pursued their spirituality, however, that poses challenging questions of what religion means and where religion is heading in the twenty-first century. Offering an engaging look at the evolution of western religion from the early sixteenth century through the contemporary "New Age" cult, Steve Bruce argues that modernization, and the rise of individualism, have fundamentally altered the place and relevance of religious beliefs, practices, and organizations for both groups and individuals in Western society. The people of the Middle Ages did what the Church told them God required. A small number of highly trained officials, acting on behalf of the state and the people, glorified God. They did so with a liturgy and with music that was far too complex for the active participation of lay people. Services were conducted not in the local language but in Latin, with ordinary people simply expected to behave morally, to attend church on the great feast days, and to finance the professionals who did the serious religious work. As Bruce shows, religion of this time was very straightforward: "Do God's will, or you'll go to Hell." It was a time when religion and superstition went hand in hand, as priests prayed for the salvation of the general public and saints offered powerful remedies for ailments. St. Wilgerfort, for example, could help wives be rid of their husbands, while other saints could protect men and cattle and visit plague on one's enemies. It was not until the Reformation and the innovations of Martin Luther and John Calvin, Bruce points out, that relig

Über den Autor: Steve Bruce is Professor of Sociology at the University of Aberdeen. He is the author of many books, including Religion in Modern Britain, The Rise and Fall of the New Christian Right, The Red Hand, and The Edge of the Union, and the co-editor of The Rapture of Politics: The Christian Right as the United States Approaches the Year 2000.

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